After you buy this CD, go out and get (Ed Goldberg and the Odessa Klezmer Band, self-published, #1002, 2006) Because most of the 19th century interest in polka music centered around the "polka belt," which stretched north from Croatia all the way to Norway, there wasn't much overlap with klezmer music, whose compass was to the east, in particular Romania and Moldavia.
But Ed Goldberg is surely the man to make the match.
Nice graphic design by Matthew Fass, though liner notes describing the tunes would have been nice.
The sharp dressed men of Banda Machos have been performing since 1990 and have honed a style some call Techno Banda because of its use of electric bass, synthesizer, and drum kit, alongside the traditional horns and percussion.
In addition to their rhinestone cowboy outfits, mugging, and occasional dance moves, Banda Machos demonstrates consistently high standards of musicianship.
Some I agreed with, some not, some I could not have said better myself. You should be recognized as one of the greats in our genre.
Reviews | Genres and Artists | Q&A | Bibliography | Links | RSS Syndication I have been reviewing and rating polka CDs since 2002. If you're new to polka music, you might want to start with my overview of polka artists and genres.
For further reading, this site also includes my thoughts on the history and marginalization of the polka, a bibliography of polka resources, links to important polka articles on the Web (both popular and scholarly), and some essential information for polka musicians. (The Polka Nuts, self published [no number], 2011) Oh, how I love that Dutch Hop music!
The instrumentals by the Polka Nuts of Brighton, Colorado, are just wonderful; I particularly love "Poudre Valley Waltz." The vocals are less pleasing, but the instrumentals alone are worth the price.
The group is built around the four (Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push, Push Records CPE9501, 1995) Since Marion Lush has been gone for over 20 years, I say it's time to give Lenny Gomulka the "Golden Voice of Polkas" crown.
His voice is always wonderful, his songwriting is excellent and his recorded output is always professionally produced.
It's a marvelous tearjerker and I love it (you can see them perform it live on Youtube).
Just wish the liner notes had credited Sam Cooke and Willie Nelson with writing "Having a Party" and "The Party's Over," respectively.
Not only that, he was the first person to write and tell me he liked my polka website.